Many people deem Labor Day to be the unofficial end of summer. With the season winding down, plenty of folks are trying to squeeze in one more vacation. If you're one of the lucky ones with a Labor Day vacay on the books there are a few things you should take into consideration so that your vacay isn't hindered by travel horrors. Below we've outlined a few things to remember when traveling this Labor Day Weekend.
Are you traveling to your Labor Day destination by plane? Well be prepared to be part of a sea of millions of passengers.The airline trade organization Airlines for America is predicting that there will be at least 16.1 million airline passengers this Labor Day weekend, which starts Friday Sept. 1, up 5% from the 15.4 million who flew during the same period last year.
The best time to travel on any day this weekend is between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m., according to AirHelp. The busiest airports this weekend will be Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Denver International Airport (DEN), and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
This weekend’s travel schedule could also face delays Also, don't forget about Hurricane Harvey- related flooding in Texas which could delay or even cancel a few flights.
If you plan on driving to your destination this Labor Day weekend, keep in mind that Labor Day weekend is one of the busiest weekends on the road. Be sure to plan ahead to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip.
The most important thing you can do is leave early. Take on the highways early Saturday morning or before rush hour on Friday. If you're driving on Labor Day, follow the same rules. Most people will brave their return home in the early evening or late afternoon. Try getting to the highways before 4 p.m. or after 10 p.m. and you should be in much better shape.
Another important thing you can do to prepare for Labor Day driving is to plan your route well. Look for alternate routes, program your GPS or use a map to get you where you need to go as fast and efficiently as possible. You also can check online to see if the road you're planning to take is undergoing repairs or has scheduled lane changes, so you can search for alternatives or plan for additional driving time.